“Dear Dr. Kealy…
I consume low-fat milk and yogurt daily for the calcium and vitamin D benefits. However, lately I have noticed more of these symptoms: unwanted weight gain, gas, bloating, and gastroesophageal reflux (GERD). Could my daily dairy consumption no longer be doing my 40+ year-old body good?”
The battle in your belly with dairy could be getting worse with age. What most women do not know is that many people have a genetic tendency to become dairy intolerant. Whether it is casein, whey, or lactose, dairy intolerance comes in many forms. Most of us were raised to think that dairy, especially milk products, are required for building strong bones and preventing osteoporosis. In fact, in 2005, the US Department of Agriculture recommend that Americans drink 3 servings of low-fat milk a day. This was recommended in order to gain enough vitamins and minerals. The government researchers’ rationale was based on the fact that milk products help to reduce bone loss and lower blood pressure.
We have believed for years that milk, does a body good, right? Maybe not. A growing number of studies found dairy proteins and added growth hormones cause a variety of symptoms such as weight gain (or weight loss resistance), allergies, joint inflammation, constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, rashes, itchy skin, acne (even in adults), and excess mucus production.
Healthier Sources of Calcium
Given the number of women I see at the Westchester B3H+® Center who are intolerant to dairy, I believe the dairy recommendations we’ve all been sold to swallow are taking us (and our weight) in the wrong direction. It turns out that you don’t have to consume dairy to keep your bones strong and prevent osteoporosis. There are many alternatives for obtaining healthy sources of calcium, including salmon, sweet potatoes, almonds, turnips, kale, sardines, broccoli, spinach, and other greens.
Remove & Reintroduce
If you are not sure your symptoms are from a dairy intolerance you should remove and reintroduce. For one week, stop eating any products that contain whey, casein, or lactose. See how you feel. Write it down, and compare it to how you felt the week before you started the dairy detox. This is a great way to cultivate more body awareness, and to evaluate whether the pros of eating dairy outweigh any cons!
Peas: The Perfect Protein
At B3H+® I offer women several substitutes for dairy. One of my favorite products is our pea protein whole food powder. Not only will it keep you from experiencing the negative symptoms of diary intolerance, but it will increase your energy, fill you with protein and fiber, and ignite your metabolism!
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